The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 15, 2013

Va. man gets 30 years for child porn


The Associated Press

WAYNESBORO, Va. — A Virginia man convicted in West Virginia for killing his wife more than a decade ago has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for child porn possession.

The Waynesboro Circuit Court clerk’s office says 52-year-old Thomas Neal Tait was sentenced Thursday to 60 years with 30 years suspended.

On Monday, Tait was sentenced to 30 years after entering a guilty plea in Greenbrier County Circuit Court in Lewisburg, W.Va., for killing his wife. The sentences will run concurrently.

The body of 23-year-old Karen Santillan Tait was found in the Greenbrier State Forest in 2002. But she wasn’t listed as missing until 2011 and her body wasn’t identified until last fall. When initially questioned, Tait told investigators he had presumed she had returned to the Philippines to be with family.